The Billy Purcell Breakout Drill from Coach TJ Manastersky of Union College works on fundamentals of breakouts, such as passing, support, communication, and it leads into zone entry concepts.
- Forwards are at center ice.
- Defenders are at opposite corners.
- Coaches are set up in each zone.
- On the whistle, the first D will skate and pivot forwards to backwards around the first dot.
- The second D chips a puck behind the goal line for the first D to pick up and wheel around the net.
- The forwards at center ice come down into their defensive zone and help with the breakout.
- One forward goes to the boards as a breakout option and the other forward acts as a center and swings low in the middle of the ice for support.
- The coach in the zone will take one of the forward options away. This makes the D keep their head up so they can select the appropriate passing option.
- After the D makes the pass, this begins a 3 on 0 rush. Coaches can be an obstacle in the offensive zone and teams can work on various zone entry options before they attack the net.
- Defensemen need to pick their head up coming around the net to be aware of the opposition and where their forwards are.
- Forwards need to work hard to get back and support their defenseman.